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Example of hypocrisy Did I lose a character in there Some of the people run together It s a long piece and yeah ok I see why this one is a dangerous vision if only or all the use of the N word Ozymandias by Terry Carr is lovely one of those stories that says a lot that isn t on the page The Milk of Paradise is classic Tiptree so beautiful writing but the story itself The Soul Of A Thief felt a little weak and rapey Mostly rapey Those are the ones I liked Among the ones I didn t like there were aew that were so awful I suppose Harlan would be glad to hear that But not awful in the way he d think I love sex and drugs and taboo breaking I loathe Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights flat characterizations and lack of structureNow about the introductions and afterwords Like a good completionist I read them all and as is usual when Iorce myself to read things just because I can t bear to skip stuff I regret almost every single one You know what the worst type of wedding toast is The one that begins I met Kevin when You know this wedding toast It s a painful ten minutes of personal exposition saying nothing interesting but giving the toaster a chance to talk about himself Almost all of Harlan s intros are like that Also than half of the afterwards are Harlan made me write an afterward and I hate afterwards my work should stand on its own So skim those at will my Secret Baby, Surprise Parents friends or just read the onesor your Mystify (Mystyx, favorite authors because you want to know about them I have to say that this massive anthology of scienceiction novellas and short stories completely blew me away in the early 1970 s I read this one before the original Dangerous Visions Editorauthor Harlan Ellison encouraged contributing writers to cut loose with their most daring and provocative ideas In so doing he not only pushed the boundaries of what was being published in those days he expanded his readers ideas of what was possible in the genre This book helped to kick off what I would say was the third great era of science The New Baby fiction in the 1970s Theirst was its invention by Mary Shelley Jules Verne H G Wells Doc Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the second period known as the Golden Era began in the 1940 s with Heinlein Asimov Clarke etc Again Dangerous Visions was also my introduction to Ursula Le Guin who wrote The Word Wild Streak for the World is Forest I thought this was one of the most amazingly well written scienceiction stories I had ever rea. Hine Saxton Ken McCullough David Kerr Burt K Filer Richard Hill Leonard Tushnet Ben Bova Dean R Koontz James Blish and Judith Ann Lawrence A Parra y Figueredo Thomas M Disch Richard A Lupoff M John Harrison Robin Scott Andrew Weiner Terry Carr James Tiptree
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ED AND CRANKY AND SELF INDULGENT AND DEAD IN SPIRIT Wow I set myself up to read 100 books this year and then give myself this doorstopper in December Smart selfSome day I ll P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, find a copy of Dangerous Visions which is what I was recommended to read and why I picked up its seuel The introductionsreuently reference a third volume called Last Dangerous Visions but it doesn t appear to have been made or if made didn t have that title The premise of the collection is Stories too taboo Say Youll Stay And Marry Me for traditional markets And I suppose taboos were pretty tight in 1972 because most of the stories just have a little sex in them and tons of misogyny but I sadly don t think that was taboo in 1972 There are some gems in here Joanna Russ excellent When It Changed which is often reprinted Monitored Dreams Strategic Cremations really two stories by Bernard Wolfe has a real literaryeel the Rafaellos Mistress first Bisuit Position is an excellent short play on the horrors on napalm and I hope in the second story The Girl With Rapid Eye Movements the author meantor us to The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, feel the misogyny internalized by said girl that she doesn t realize she s the smartest and most creative person in the story however the author s afterword was pure bunk about the muse Eye of the Beholder by Burt K Filer had a good mix of cool invention and motorcycle chases plus aemale character who is competent at something shockingly rare though of course the two women in the story are both marked Rascal for how they can t do something the men do At this point in the collection I was wondering if men used to only useemale characters when they wanted a character to ail at something because gosh they couldn t bear to see a man do that Moth Race by Richard Hill was a good classic SF piece For me it really captures the ineffable joy and madness of sportsIn Re Glover by Leonard Tushnet is pure hard sf or lawyers Reads like a legal brief but What Would You Like? fascinatingZero Gee by Ben Bova has moments of hey maybe this is toxic masculinity insight but Ielt the ending robbed its meaning With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama will stay with me but I m not sure if Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, for good or ill military SF with New Haitiighting New Alabama and the Haitians are written in standard English and the New Alabamans in thick dialect Problematical things all over the board Are the Alabaman s being gay meant to be a slur against them or just an. D Oliver Edward Bryant Kate Wilhelm James B Hemesath Joanna Russ Kurt Vonnegut T L Sherred K M O'Donnell Barry N Malzberg H H Hollis Bernard Wolfe David Gerrold Piers Anthony Lee Hoffman Gahan Wilson Joan Bernott Gregory Benford Evelyn Lief James Sallis Josep.
This copy is signed by Harlan Ellison Sometime between the Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, first Dangerous Visions anthology and the second Harlan Ellison jumped the shark Perhaps in thoseour years he started to believe his own hype It is true that the Friend Foe first anthology did seem to set aire under a number of writers both old and new to experiment and try new things and it happened because Ellison championed it But in the preparation of the second volume Ellison took on much than a simple championing role he became a dangerous vision of himselfBut before I get to the real criticism of this volume let me note that it still contains a couple of the greatest short The Longevity Diet fiction stories ever published Ursula K Le Guin s The Wordor World is Forest a piece that merges environmentalism and racism in such a talented way that it s as hard to read it as Le Guin says in her afterword it was easy Grassroots Innovation for Man most of these stories are extremely bad Some of the standouts include the Le Guin and the Tiptree and the Hollis and perhaps the Vonnegut but even then man I don t know There is oneun bagatelle about the legal implications of cryogenics that reads like droll sci i Thackeray and HH Hollis story about LSD lawyering was also spry but these do not justify the many many bad stories you will read Really the only reason to read this collection is if you have any kind of ascination with the kinetic and utterly self involved world of seventies sci Architecture and Utopia fi a world that is rather dead now and which was charming without ever actually being very relevant or producing any stand out writers I have such aascination reading this collection was my own Perfect Cities faultThere is a Piers Anthony story about a PARALLEL DIMENSION where all dairy products comerom milking human women that is pretty jaw dropping and would make a great short Prometheus Wired filmor Lars Von Trier perhaps but which cannot be taken seriously on its own merits at all no matter what dimension you are rom Reading the explanation in the afterword of this piece where it is explained that it is a parable about animal cruelty I was uhunpersuadedthat it was not just an elaborate disturbing specific jolly ucked up sex Special Topics in Calamity Physics fantasy I liked it on that level I guess but DAMN who was this storyor Now we have Smashwords or such dangerous visions I guessI like reading bad books but I cannot recommend this to anyone unless you like journeying into REALMS OF THE MISGUID. The classic companion to the most essential science iction anthology ever published 46 original stories edited with introductions by Harlan Ellison Featuring John Heidenry Ross Rocklynne Ursula K Le Guin Andrew J Offutt Gene Wolfe Ray Nelson Ray Bradbury Cha.
Harlan Jay Ellison was a prolific American writer of short stories novellas teleplays essays and criticismHis literary and television work has received many awards He wrote for the original series of both The Outer Limits and Star Trek as well as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; edited the multiple award winning short story anthology series Dangerous Visions; and served as creative consultantwrit